An NFL quarterback and the SCBC president rebuke NewSpring. The story of what happened next.

An NFL quarterback and the SCBC president rebuke NewSpring. The story of what happened next.
NewSpring faced two public relations crises last week, and its response to each tells us much about the church’s lack of accountability and unwillingness to submit to correction. On Friday morning, the South Carolina Baptist Convention published a strong and detailed rebuke of the NewSpring’s pastor, worship style and governance. The statement by the SCBC president, Pastor Tommy ...

Wayward pastors and the problem of the franchise player

Wayward pastors and the problem of the franchise player
Days after the world started reading Mark Driscoll’s nasty diatribe against his own church members, we discovered that two of the four outside members on Mars Hill’s Board of Advisors and Accountability (BOAA) had resigned. According to the church’s statement as reported by Warren Throckmorton, James MacDonald needed more time to spend governing his own church, ...

Forbes.com on the fallout from the Result Source scandal

Jeff Bercovici from Forbes.com writes about the reasons Result Source closed its website down and how the efforts to land on the NYT bestseller list has affected Christian publishing. “I think it’s going to affect this whole business model of how these authors cash in on their fame,” Duncan says. “They bill themselves as bestselling authors for ...

‘God Blogger’ interview with Drew Marshall in Toronto

15-minute radio interview with Drew Marshall in Toronto, Canada, where we briefly review the NewSpring harassment, Driscoll publishing, Furtick baptisms, and Liberty University stories. Share this:Share on FacebookClick to share on TwitterClick to share on RedditClick to email this to a friendMoreClick to share on Google+Click to share on StumbleUponClick to share on LinkedInClick to ...

How do I get my own concierge pastor?

How do I get my own concierge pastor?
In Mark Driscoll’s apology to Mars Hill last week, he reassured us that he was well cared for by his own team of pastors. I have been a pastor for a long time, but have not had a close pastor since college. I now rejoice that God has been gracious to give me pastors for ...

How Mark Driscoll pockets the money he gives to Mars Hill

How Mark Driscoll pockets the money he gives to Mars Hill
Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill have been defending some of their actions relating to the deceptive marketing of the Real Marriage book by claiming that Driscoll had given much or all of the money he had made from the book to the church. Driscoll told a meeting of church leaders that he and his wife were ...

NewSpring and Perry Noble are also Result Source clients

NewSpring and Perry Noble are also Result Source clients
NewSpring contracted with Result Source to “market” Perry Noble’s first book, a New York Times best seller, a spokesperson for NewSpring church confirmed today. According to NewSpring’s public relations director, Susanne Swift, the church paid $30,000 for the service and purchased 11,000 copies of Unleash! “for use in our Resource Centers and for other uses.” Result Source markets ...

Mark Driscoll prepared hundreds of Mars Hill leaders to “push, push, push” his book

Mark Driscoll prepared hundreds of Mars Hill leaders to
In late November 2011, just five weeks before the release of the Real Marriage book, Mark Driscoll met with the church’s Community Group leaders to brief them on how they could help promote what was described as a “Real Marriage campaign.” (It’s unclear exactly how many people are in the meeting, though questions had to be ...

See how the Result Source campaign made Mark Driscoll a half million dollars (Updated)

See how the Result Source campaign made Mark Driscoll a half million dollars (Updated)
On Friday Mars Hill posted an announcement where they assured us that Mark Driscoll  “did not profit from the Real Marriage books sold … through the Result Source marketing campaign.” At the time, I found the statement difficult to believe, because the whole point of the $210,000 “investment” was surely to profit from it. Even ...

On Driscoll, it’s called inurement, and it’s probably illegal

Mark Driscoll may have imperiled his church’s nonprofit status and, with it, cost his congregation millions of dollars in tax deductions. I am neither a lawyer nor an accountant, but I can read IRS publications that describe the kind of hot water that Mars Hill Church and other churches can get into when they use ...